Tag:NBA Awards
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:48 pm

Blake Griffin officially named Rookie of the Year

Posted by Royce Young

Blake Griffin has officially been named the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year. That's not the news, because we all knew that was happening. The interesting part is, Griffin became the first unanimous winner of the award since David Robinson in 1989-90.

The only other unanimous winner was Ralph Sampson in 1983-84.

Griffin was taken first overall in 2009, but missed the whole season because of a left kneecap fracture. Griffin led the Clippers and all rookies with 22.5 ppg, 12.1 rebounds per game and 63 double-doubles (a Clipper franchise record). He was the only player in the entire league to average at least 20 points, 12 rebounds a three assists a game. Griffin is also the first rookie to average at least 20 and 10 since Elton Brand in 1999-00. He's the fourth to total at least 1,600 points, 900 rebounds and 250 assists, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Sidney Wicks.

So you can see why this was unanimous.

Griffin was also selected to the All-Star team, the first rookie to receive that honor since Tim Duncan. And of course he blew everyone away that weekend during the dunk contest as well.

A couple notes on the voting returns:
  • John Wall finished second, getting 91 second-place votes and 22 third-place votes.
  • DeMarcus Cousins finished third, getting 11 second-place votes and 48 third-place.
  • Landry Fields actually received more second-place votes than Cousins (12), but not near as many third (26).
  • Greg Monroe, who quietly had a really nice rookie year, picked up one second-place votes and 12 third.
  • Gary Neal snuck in to finish fourth above Monroe though with three second and 10 third.
Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 9:26 pm

Report: Derrick Rose to be named MVP Tuesday

Posted by Royce Young

According to the Chicago Tribune, Derrick Rose will be named the youngest MVP in NBA history Tuesday.

It's no big surprise as Rose was the clear favorite by the end of the regular season, but the 22-year-old guard will officially be awarded the Maurice Podoloff Trophy in Chicago becoming the first Bulls player to win the award since Michael Jeffrey Jordan. (He won it five times, the last being in 1998.) The expectation is that Rose will be presented with the award before Wednesday's Game 2 versus the Hawks.

Of course we won't know the final tally until tomorrow, but Rose likely took the award in a landslide. Rose had a terrific season leading the Bulls to a league-best 62-20 record while averaging 25.0 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. He was ninth in the league in PER at 23.62.

Rose is in his third season in the league after being the No. 1 overall pick from Memphis in 2008. He was born in Chicago. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 and was named to his first All-Star team this season as a starter.

Rose carried the Bulls for most of the season as the Bulls battled injuries to starters Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. He's known for his flashy, jaw-dropping play, but Rose developed a 3-point shot and commanded the Chicago offense better this season than his previous two. He's known for his quiet, calm, humble demeanor off the court but on it, he's become a one-man highlight film.

Before the season, Rose asked the question, "Why can't I be MVP?" This was after a poll of NBA general managers picked Kevin Durant to run away with the award.

"The way I look at it, within myself, why can't I be the MVP of the league?" Rose said in September. "Why can't I be the best player in the league? Why? Why can't I do that?"

I think you answered that question, Derrick.
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:02 pm

Thibodeau to be named Coach of the Year

Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls have called a 4:30 (ET) press conference today for a "major announcement" involving Tom Thibodeau. I trust that you're perceptive enough to figure that out.

Thibodeau entirely changed the dynamic and perception of the Bulls, making them a defensive menace en route to a league best record of 62-20.

And it wasn't all easy. Thibodeau had to endure substantial injuries to starters Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer along the way. Having Derrick Rose obviously helped, but Thibodeau's defensive system somehow was able to succeed despite a couple of below average defenders. That's some coaching right there.

Thibodeau of course is a rookie coach coming from Boston where he was an assistant. Prior to that he held an assistant gig with the Knicks. He was passed over multiple times for head coaching positions but eventually the Bulls saw the potential in Thibodeau and rewarded him with the head coaching job in Chicago. Good move, I guess.
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